August 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm #193566
Nicholas Hoult has been cast as J.D. Salinger in a bio pic titled “Rebel in the Rye” a play on to Salinger’s famous book Catcher in the Rye. Danny Strong, writer of Empire, The Butler, Game Change, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, is the writer adapting it from the Salinger biography “J.D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski. It will take place during the writing of Catcher in the Rye.
I couldn’t be more excited since the book rights for Catcher in the Rye are impossible to get so this is the closest thing we will get from the story.
August 31, 2015 at 9:54 pm #193568
No, it is very possible to get the rights to Catcher in the Rye, its just no filmmaker has the skill to do it, and won’t even dare. But I am sure Paul Thomas Anderson can do it – he took a notably unfilmmable author, Thomas Pynchon, and made one of the best films of 2014, Inherent Vice, so I am pretty sure he can do Catcher in the Rye properly.September 1, 2015 at 12:29 am #193569
I’m not one to gripe about casting decisions, but Hoult just seems a little too pretty to play Salinger.September 1, 2015 at 8:06 am #193570
I’m not one to gripe about casting decisions, but Hoult just seems a little too pretty to play Salinger.
Not to mention not American, not Jewish and not a good actor. I would think Miles Teller was born to play Salinger.November 27, 2015 at 3:05 am #193571
Actors of fully Jewish background: Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.
Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of their parents are).
Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, Ryan Potter.
Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.
Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr. and Sean Penn were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish.
Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.November 27, 2015 at 6:59 am #193572
Is there DNA analysis available on the net for these actors as well?
I was relieved to see that Hoult is cast. Hope he stays until the end.
Not entirely sure about Hoult, but he surprised me in Mad Max, somewhat.
This is sooo ambitious. Kudos for trying.
Catcher In The Rye started me on ths struggle called awareness.